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Som-Mai Nguyen L’22

Nguyễn Quý Sớm-Mai is interested in social determinants of health, especially in relation to language access, educational equity, and transportation law. At Penn, Sớm-Mai does pro bono work with the Penn Law Immigrants’ Rights Project (as a 1L board representative) and If/When/How: Lawyering for Reproductive Justice. She is also available as a volunteer Vietnamese interpreter for Penn’s clinics.

From northwest Houston, Texas, she grew up attending Title I PK-12 public schools before earning a B.S. in Symbolic Systems from Stanford University (with a concentration in Natural Language and minor in German Studies). She then worked for several years in Berlin, Germany. In Philadelphia, Sớm-Mai is a member of the Philly Transit Riders Union’s research committee.

She paints; writes short fiction and essays; and is always keen to talk about linguistics, traffic violence, theatre, and Grief is the Thing with Feathers.